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Nov 7, 2019

Voters cast their ballots this week, with a few key statewide elections taking place in Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Sam Wang and Julian Zelizer discuss the results of these elections and what it means for the 2020 election in this episode.

Oct 16, 2019

Economists shape conversations on topics ranging from business to politics, and their influence is widely felt; the Federal Reserve, trade negotiations, and public spending have become central focuses of political debate. But economists weren’t always permanent fixtures in policymaking.

Oct 14, 2019

Last week, President Donald Trump withdrew all U.S. troops from northern Syria. Later, a deal was made between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, allowing Syrian troops — most of whom are Kurdish — to head north to confront Turkish forces.

Oct 9, 2019

Racism affects our criminal justice system — from policing methods to prison-system structures to punishments issued for different crimes. More than 50 years after the publication of the Kerner Report — which investigated the 1967 race riots — many of the same problems of institutionalized racism persist today.

Oct 9, 2019

Pesticides are present in many food products and play a central role in the production of traded agriculture, giving them global and economic significance — and necessitating proper regulation. Yet, some pesticide companies may put profit ahead of protecting the public from potential harms.

Oct 8, 2019

Free markets and representative elections triumphed throughout the 20th century, giving rise to a robust form of democratic capitalism. Today, this is under threat due to insurgent populism, extreme polarization, and crippling income inequality.

Sep 25, 2019

The media has come under increasing attack over the past few years. While the adversarial relationship between past presidents and the media is not new, some have argued that President Trump has gone further than his predecessors by targeting specific journalists and using language meant to incite violence.

Sep 18, 2019

The Democratic field has started to narrow. Of the 26 candidates who announced their bid for the presidency, 20 remain as of mid-September. And at the third Democratic presidential debate last week, only 10 qualified, giving voters a closer look at the candidates’ policy positions.

Sep 5, 2019

Political discussions — and subsequent controversies — unfold by the minute on platforms like Twitter. In this episode, Julian Zelizer speaks with David Karpf about viral moments and their ramifications. 

Jul 19, 2019

This week’s show is special: We’ve swapped episodes with Democracy Works, a podcast produced by Penn State University’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy.